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2023 elections and internet shutdowns watch
Governments around the world continue to shut down the internet during elections. Join our 2023 elections watch to #KeepItOn.
Weapons of control, shields of impunity: Internet shutdowns in 2022
Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition documented 187 internet shutdowns in 2022, across a record-setting 35 countries.
UNESCO’s guidelines for regulating digital platforms must center human rights for everyone, everywhere
Stop the assault on free speech, drop the draft digital content regulation in Iraq
Access Now and partners call for Iraqi authorities to immediately withdraw the draconian draft regulation for digital content.
Put human rights first: Ghana’s parliament must reject repressive anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Access Now and partners call on Ghana’s parliament to immediately reject the new repressive anti-LGBTQ+ bill.
Silenced, spied on, and stalked: why we’re taking the fight for gender equality to the UN
In Africa and the Middle East, internet shutdowns shroud human rights abuses
Access Now’s new joint report examines how authorities in Africa and the Middle East weaponize internet shutdowns to obscure human rights abuses.
Technology for Democracy at the second U.S. Summit: an update on our progress
#KeepItOn in Mauritania: authorities must restore internet connectivity
Following reports of a nationwide block on mobile internet access in Mauritania, Access Now urges authorities to immediately reconnect the country.
Content governance in times of crisis: how platforms can protect human rights
The “Declaration for content and platform governance principles in times of crisis” lays out principles for social media platforms to help ensure privacy, freedom of expression, and access to information during crises.
EU negotiations on AI systems must #ProtectNotSurveil people on the move
Access Now calls on the European Parliament to #ProtectNotSurveil people on the move in the Artificial Intelligence Act.
Beyond Twitter: digital safety tips to navigate the Musk takeover
Things haven’t been going so well since Elon Musk took over Twitter. Here are digital safety tips to help keep yourself safe on the platform.
TikTok’s “Focused View”: the creepy new feature aims to monetise your emotions
Ever heard of TikTok’s “Focused View”? Learn how TikTok claims to tracks your emotions and invades your privacy for profit.
Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador se abstienen de entregar información sobre el tratamiento de datos biométricos de personas migrantes
Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador denegaron información sobre los acuerdos para el tratamiento de datos biométricos de personas migrantes.
When sanctions undermine human rights online
Sanctions are a preferred foreign policy tool for many states. But they can also harm human rights. Governments, businesses, and civil society must align to protect human rights and democratic values through international sanctions regimes.
“We were in an information vacuum”: internet shutdowns in Central Asia
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Access Now is made up of a diverse team of more than 130 experts working in centers of political power, tech innovation, and civic action around the world. We have registered offices in Belgium, Costa Rica, Germany, Tunisia, and the United States, with team members based in more than 20 countries across six continents.